PFO Advise Needed

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   Posted 6/1/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   

My father is about to turn 71. He had a stroke about 4 years ago and lost his right peripheral vision and his ability to read, although he can spell letters out to form words and he still has his mind. He discovered he had a PFO when he was hospitalized 4 years ago but he is reluctant to have it repaired. He has asked me to help him research the procedure but I am not qualified to do this. He is developing congestive heart failure and his lower legs are discolored from poor circulation. If he has this PFO repaired I hope both these conditions will improve. I would like to convince him to have the operation as I feel the benefits vastly outweigh the risks. Any advise on how I can research the procedure, statistics, surgeons, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and it is so wonderful to read how much you care and the role you are taking in helping your Father.

May I suggest you talk to his cardiologist re the treatment and procedure. I am from the land of Mayo Clinic and have heard great things from people who have been a patient at Mayo. Of course there are many excellent hospitals and physicians. I hear good things about Cleveland Clinic too.

Any access to someone in your area who may have had the procedure that you could talk with ?

Hopefully another member will have input for you.


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